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India's farmers not convinced reforms will improve livelihoods

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's farm reforms are aimed at empowering farmers and giving them greater leeway in demanding higher prices for their produce.

But the strongest protests to the reforms have come from the Indian farmers themselves, the majority of whom have only small holdings and belong to a much marginalised section of the economy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2020, with the headline 'India's farmers not convinced reforms will improve livelihoods'. Print Edition | Subscribe